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A new study finds demand for 'green' housing in the 55+ age bracket is a key factor shaping the market

Columbia Forest Products learned about natural adhesives from the blue mussel. This ocean species attaches itself firmly to underwater structures without use of toxic chemicals through unique amino acids (specifically, DOPA) found in their marine adhesive proteins (MAP). Modeling these MAPs researcher, Dr. Kaichang Li, was able to modify soy proteins. When adding catechol groups to soy protein the structure becomes remarkably similar to marine proteins, creating much stronger and more…